WILTON MANORS, Fla. – South Florida same-sex couples celebrated the Supreme Court's ruling to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states Friday.
While same-sex unions became legalized in Florida in January, couples were anxiously awaiting the day when their marriage would be recognized in any state they lived in.
"I never thought this would happen in my lifetime," Karen Carroll said.
Carroll and Julie Slater have been married since 2009. The Chic Optique owners in Wilton Manors said it is unreal that their vows will be recognized across all 50 states.
The couple said they had to go to Massachusetts to tie the knot.
"The gay community, the straight community, everybody. It's a great step forward for us," said Slater.
The Wilton Manors community shared similar thoughts about Friday's ruling.
Dennis Marion was enjoying a cup of coffee at Java Boys when the decision came down.
"I think that it makes me feel more American, and that I'm part of the country, not an outcast," Marion said. "And that with all the taxes and being part of the community, you feel like you can move in more of the United States and be part of this country."
"We've been together for 36 years," another man said. "It wasn't so much the marriage or that piece of paper, it was just being able to file our taxes, to get insurance and to become a unit, which they didn't allow."
Jeff and Todd Delmay were the second same-sex marriage couple to be married in January in Miami-Dade County, and shared similar sentiments.
"(We're) elated and relieved," Jeff Delmay told Local 10 News. "It is certainly a great feeling to know that even the ambiguity in our case, which was still technically under appeal, as well as many cases around the nation, are final, complete and love won the day."
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